A 36-second video explaining Google+’s new video conferencing feature.
If you’re reading this and work for a nonprofit, you may not want to hop onto the Google Plus bandwagon – especially if your peanut butter is already spread too thin.
However, if have time and you’re the curious type, go for it! As Andy Huston suggests, “Experiment personally then apply professionally.”
Just know that the vast majority of your constituents will continue to be on Facebook for a long time.
2 ways Google Plus will change how you connect
Though it is early, there are a couple of features that stand out about Google+: Hangouts and Circles.
• Hangouts – Hangouts is a way to conduct group video conferencing with other Google+ users.
I can see Hangouts creating a paradigm shift in how organizations connect with their supporters. Imagine key staff (the ones who can effectively represent the organization) posting “open office hours” where G+ users can pop into a Hangout and chat with them face to face about critical topics.
Here’s what Danielle Brigida of the National Wildlife Federation had to say about Google Plus in general:
• Circles – Facebook and Twitter both allow users to put various different people in specific groupings or lists. But how many people use or even know about Facebook friends lists? The same goes for Twitter. Circles, on the other hand, put segmentation up front in their product – and they make it fun!
I could see organizations segmenting their donors, volunteers, partners into a various different circles.
Here’s what Andy Huston had to say:
Social media is about people, not technology
If you’re messing around with Google Plus, or have decided to wait until the early adopters flush out the bugs, a few basic principles stay true:
- People use social media to connect with other people, not technology. When was the last time you felt truly understand and appreciated by your laptop?
- Social media is less important than your story and how well you can tell it. If you don’t have a good story to tell, having a megaphone is useless.
- Fish where the fish are. Right now, mostly the geeks and other uncool kids are using Google+. It remains to be seen whether Google+ will be adopted by the masses, so spend your time on the platforms (Facebook) with the people who love you.
- Also see Frank Barry’s article called Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Any Social Site.
In short, stay interested in where Google+ is going, but don’t spend huge resources on it right now.
How do you see nonprofits using Google Plus?
• How to get started with Google Plus and Circles (Socialbrite)John Haydon delivers social web strategy solutions for “the quick, the smart, and the slightly manic.” Curious? Then connect up: Contact John by email, see his profile page, visit the John Haydon blog, follow him on Twitter and Google Plus or leave a comment.
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